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262 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. 

Jno. Darracott, Anthony Olver, 

George Duddell, Edward Collins, 

George Hucksett, John Walker, 

Jno. Bearman, Wm. Oliver, 

Robt. Bayly, Henry Browne. 

Jno. Birch, John Sanders, 

Geo. Cornish, Tho. Sickodby, 

Paul Brickforde, Marke Cullum, 

George Ebbery, Nath. Tingcombe, 

Hugh Arbuthnott, James Jollie, 

Jno. Chaplin, Robt. Read, 

James Mettrain, Tho. Bagwell, 

Tho. Baker, Edward Foy, 

Edw 4 Tomlin, Abr. Lewis, 

Joshua Whiting, Jno. Gilbert. 

Having Rec'd from his Excl'y this petition, read and Con- 
sidered ye same, wee do agree with his Exct'ys permission to 
Take these Ships under our Convoy according to ye Masters' 
Desire. 

Examined $ Jos* Moore, 

Wil. Robertson. Matt. Treat, 

Phillip Stanhope. 



HENRY COUNTY 



From its Formation in 1776 to the End of the Eighteenth 
Century, et seq. 



From the records of the clerks office, by C. B. Bryant, Martinsville, Va. 



(continued) 



The first court held for Henry county was on 20 April, 1778, 
and composed of Edmund Lyne, Abraham Penn, Peter Saun- 
ders and George Waller, Justices. 

Five commissioners were appointed to view the center of the 
county or the most convenientest place thereto for fixing the 
courthouse. 



HENRY COUNTY, VA. 263 

Daniel Carlan qualified as Captain of Militia. 
John Salmon qualified as Sheriff. 

Matthew Small, 2nd Lieutenant under Thomas Henderson, 
took the oath. 

May. — The commissioners made report that the land of Henry 
Barksdale is the most convenientest place for establishing the 
courthouse, and the court concured to the same. 

Commissioners appointed to let the building a courthouse, 
Prison, Stocks & Pillory; said Prison to be 20 feet by 16, and 
double loggs 12 inches square, a chimney in the middle of brick 
or stone, a fire place in each room, shingled roof, the joyst to be 
covered with loggs 12 inches square, a window in each room 
with iron grates, double doors with substancial locks. Also the 
courthouse 24 by 20 feet, with hewed or sawed logs, 10 feet 
pitch, with boarded roof planked above and below, with a pair 
of steps, and a Barr and benches, with a window in each side 
and a door in each side. 

Elizabeth Cooper came into court and made oath that John 
Boiling, of Henry county, is the lawful heir of William Boiling, 
deceased, who went from the said county into the Continental 
service and there died. 

Oct. — Hayner Morgan, Esqr., produced commission from the 
Governor to practise law as an attorney, & took the oath. 

License granted Mordecai Hord to keep an ordinary at his 
home. 

License granted Brice Martin to keep an ordinary at this 
courthouse. 

Abraham Penn is appointed Lieutenant Colonel in the room 
of Edmund Lyne, resigned. 

James Lyon is appointed Major in the room of Abraham 
Penn. 

1779, March. — Eliphaz Shelton appointed Captain in the room 
of James Lyon, Stephen Lyon, first Lieut., Wm. Halbert, 2nd 
Lieut., & David Rogers, Ensign. 

License is granted John Marr to keep an ordinary at his house. 

Peter Saunders is allowed ^25 for necessaries found Mary 
Lawrence, wife of John Lawrence, who is in the Continental 
service. 



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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. 



Thomas Smith produced a commission appointing him Cap- 
tain of the Militia in this county. 

John Davis produced commission appointing him 2nd Lieut, 
in Thomas Smith's company. 

Peter Harris produced a commission appointing him Ensign 
in Thos. Henderson's company. 

Swinfield Hill is appointed Captain of the militia in the room 
of Ed. Shurt. 

Thomas Haile is appointed Captain in the room of Peter Var- 
deman, Thomas Jones, first Lieut., Jos. Jones, 2nd Lieut., & 
John Murphy, Ensign. 



The County Levy is made. 

To the Clerk his annual Salary, 

To the Sheriff " . . 

To Ro. Williams as act'g Atto, for Com'wlth, 

To John Davis for one old Wolf's head, 

To the Clerk for attending 7 called courts, 

To Do. for two Record Books for Clerk's office, 

To Do. for Press 

To Do. for a copy of the list of Tythes, 

To James Lyon for one wolf's head, 

To Thomas Henderson for one wolf's head, 

To Ro. Williams for attending called court, 

To Do. for going after witnesses, 

To the Sheriff for attending 5 called courts, 

To John Salmon, per account, 

To Henry Dillion, Jr., for guarding one day, 

To John Crouch ' ' 2 days, 

To John Dillion " 3 

To Anthony Smith " 1 

To John Briscoe " 1 " 

To George Waller " 2 

To John Pursell, " 2 

To William Dillion " 1 

To John Newman " 1 " 

To Stanwix Hord " 2 

To Wm. Graves for 3 Levies over paid last year, 

To James Anthony " " 



Dr. Tobacco 

1,248 
1,248 
1,248 
100 
1,400 
1,600 

I.OOO 

400 
IOO 
100 
200 

734 
1,000 

610 
25 
50 
75 
25 
25 
50 
50 
25 
25 
50 
48 
48 



HENRY COUNTY. VA. 



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To Daniel Ross for guarding 4 days 

To John Dickerson, per account, 

To Do. for record book for Surveyor's office, 

To Hezekiah Salmon for 8 days attendance, 

To George Hairston, as per account, 

To Hugh Woods for 3 young Wolves' heads, 

To same for 7 " " . 

To Thomas Hale for 1 Tythe over paid last year 

To Thomas Gof for 1 Do. , . 

To James Poteat for 1 Do. , . 

To Brice Marten for 5 Do. , 

To John Pace for 7 days guarding John Gordon, 

To Josiah Carter for apprehending same, 

To Daniel Richardson for damage done Horse in 

conveying same to Public Jail, . 
To Jos. Bradberry for damage to saddle in same, 
To Burwell Reeves for one old wolf's head, 
To Jos. Bradberry for 1 day as guard, 
To Jonathan Davis 1 

To Samuel Patterson 1 
To William Ryan 1 

To William Rowland 1 
To Abraham Franklin 1 
To Brice Martin for maintaining prisoner 13 days, 
To George Lawson guarding same 10 days, 
To Michael Rowland maintaining same 17 days, 
To William McCraw guarding same 1 day, 
To Josiah Carter, ' ' 2 days, 

To Baines Carter,- " 5 " 

To Sam' 1 Monday, " 2 " 

To John Barker " 7 " 

To Hugh Woods for going after witnesses, 



100 

2,467 

1,200 

200 

3.153 

150 

350 

16 

16 

16 

80 

175 
100 

600 

60 

100 

25 

25 

25 

25 

25 

25 

500 

250 

306 

25 

5° 

125 

50 

175 

200 



To a Depositum for the use of the county, 



To the Shff. 6 pr. cent for collecting 34,198, 



By 1,340 Tythables at 27 lb Tob° pr. poll, 



22,198 

12,000 

34.198 
2,051 

36,249 
36,249 



266 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE. 

George Waller & Jonn Salmon appointed to let the building 
of a Prison, Stocks & Pillory. 

License granted John & Baldin Rowland to keep ordinary. 

David Lanier is appointed to furnish Elizabeth Cooper, wife 
of Thomas Cooper, who is in the Continental service, with forty 
pounds worth of provisions, and that the same be certified to 
the Auditor of Public Accounts. 

It appearing that Benjamin Hensley served as a Lieut, in the 
Virginia Batallion in the year 1760, the same is certified to the 
Register of the Land office. 

Abraham Penn is appointed Escheator for this county. 

1779, Aug. — Patrick Henry, Hugh Innes, Archilaus Hughes, 
Robert Hairston, Edmund Lyne, Abraham Penn, John Salmon, 
James Lyon, Robert Woods, Jesse Heard, Jonathan Hanby, 
Peter Saunders, William Tunstall, George Waller, Frederick 
Reeves, William Cook, Thomas Henderson, John Fontaine, 
Henry Lyne, John Dillard, John Marr & William Letcher are 
recommended to His Excellency, the Governor, as proper per- 
sons to serve in the Commission of the Peace for this county. 

Abraham Penn, Esqr., is appointed Burser for this county to 
receive all fines & forfeitures due to the commonwealth in this 
county. 

1779, Oct. — Ordered that Alice Blair, wife of Joseph Blair, 
who is in the Continental service, be allowed twelve pounds cur- 
rent money for her support. 

Ordered that Robert Holliday be allowed thirteen pounds for 
necessaries found Robert Hodges, whose sons are in the Conti- 
nental service. 

John Wells is appointed Captain in the room of Brice Mar- 
tin's company in Leatherwood, George Reynolds, first Lieut., 
Matthew Wells, 2d Lieut. , Reuben Nance, Ensign. 

License is granted Brice Martin to keep an ordinary at this 
court house. 

Henry Lyne & Thomas Threlkild are appointed commission- 
ers for the Grain Tax. 

License granted Josiah Shaw to keep an ordinary. 

License granted Mordecai Hord to keep an ordinary. 

(to be continued)